Research Associate/Fellow in Automotive Human Factors (Fixed-term, 4 posts)

Nottingham, United Kingdom
£27025 to £39609 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,395 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Mar 07, 2019
Mar 19, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Reference ENG027919 Closing Date Monday, 18th March 2019 Job Type Research Department Engineering Salary £27025 to £39609 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,395 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Applications are invited for up to four new positions based at University Park, Nottingham to undertake research within the Human Factors Research Group (HFRG) related to the design and evaluation of the Human-Machine Interface (HMI) for future vehicles - especially those with high levels of automation. Much of this work will involve direct collaboration with automobile manufacturers in the UK and tier 1 suppliers.

The group has recently been successful in being awarded several projects (from 1-5 years duration) funded by Innovate UK, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and various industrial organisations all related to human-centred design issues for vehicles that possess the capability for SAE Level 4 automated driving. For instance, the ServCity project will investigate the fundamental Human Factors issues relevant to future autonomous taxi services and will include focus groups, controlled simulator studies as well as large-scale public trials in London over a 2.5 year timeframe.

Up to four researcher positions are available on these funded projects investigating fundamental research topics related to HMI design for future automated vehicles, including trust, acceptance, motion sickness, privacy/security, individual differences, and so on. The researchers would be expected to plan, run and analyse data from empirical studies investigating these issues. Much of this work is likely to involve the use of the University of Nottingham driving simulation and instrumented vehicle capabilities, as well as vehicles provided by industrial collaborators.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent, or be near completion, in a relevant topic such as Human Factors / Ergonomics, Human-Computer Interaction, or Applied Psychology. Experience of the research issues related to driver behaviour and HMI design/prototyping is desirable. The candidates will be expected to have strong skills in both quantitative (e.g. lab-based studies) and qualitative (e.g. interview) research approaches and be confident in working with industrial stakeholders. Ideally, the candidates will have knowledge and experience in the use of simulation and eye tracking in Human Factors research.

These full-time, fixed-term positions are available from 1 April 2019 and will be offered for a period of 12 months in the first instance with a likelihood of further extension to suit project needs. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Gary Burnett, Tel: 0115 95 14030, or Email: Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

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